Results 121–140 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Featherstone

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: Acute Hospital Services (21 Feb 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: When the Hornsey and Wood Green overview and scrutiny committee in Haringey approached you, it received a letter from the equivalent of a public relations department saying "Thank you for your letter". There was no sense that, as you have suggested from the Dispatch Box, you had actually—

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Education (Fragile States) (28 Feb 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Despite the life-saving and life-giving benefits of education, in war, emergencies and protracted conflicts in fragile states children miss out, not only then but for the rest of their lives, because education is not part of the humanitarian response. Does the Secretary of State agree that education should be an automatic part of first-response humanitarian aid?

[Mr. Martyn Jones in the Chair] — Democratic Republic of the Congo (7 Mar 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I warmly congratulate the hon. Member for Amber Valley (Judy Mallaber) on securing such an important debate. The elections in 2006 were indeed a great step forward, but as everyone here has said, they were only a first step—the start, rather than the conclusion of a process—and they cannot, in themselves, achieve the social outcomes that are needed. The job now is to ensure that the...

Business of the House (22 Mar 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: On Tuesday, between 60 and 80 youths from two rival gangs rampaged down Lordship lane, in my constituency, and the result was four knife stabbings. Members in all parts of the House doubtless want to debate gang culture. Will the Leader of the House make time for that important debate? Stiff sentences are important, but all good heads need to get together to make a sustained, not just a...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (22 Mar 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a great pleasure to follow such an interesting speech. I congratulate the Select Committee on International Development on an excellent report. We have heard today how complex and complicated the subject is. My right hon. Friend the Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) mentioned education, for example. Although that was not the main focus of the report, I hope that the Committee will at...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Clean Drinking Water (28 Mar 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Is the Secretary of State aware that Norway has withdrawn its funding for the public-private infrastructure advisory facility, because its projects involving water have so often failed and been so widely criticised? How does the Secretary of State scrutinise the use of UK taxpayers' money? If we are unable to do so effectively, is he likely to withdraw British funding from the PPIAF?

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] — Water and Sanitation (Developing Countries) (5 Jun 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stone (Mr. Cash) on securing this vital debate. I pass on the apologies of my right hon. Friend the Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce), who is chairing the International Development Committee and so could not be here today. He asked me to make two comments in connection with the Select Committee's recent report. First, he wants to emphasise that sanitation...

Bill Presented: Darfur (5 Jun 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: As we have heard from many hon. Members, the situation in Darfur continues to worsen, and is spilling over into Chad and the Central African Republic. I use the word "genocide" because I do not know what else to call murder and killing on a scale such as that in Darfur. The Sudanese regime is one of the most brutal and destabilising in the world today. I understand that 400,000 black Darfuris...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Darfur (13 Jun 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: The Secretary of State has just said that pressure was important. Bashir's agreement for the deployment of the force does not come into effect until 2008, so has the Secretary of State considered using the international spotlight on China, owing to the Olympics, as leverage to encourage China to use its influence with Khartoum to end the genocide and stop Darfuris being killed between now and...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Occupied Palestinian Territories (5 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the Minister to his place and wish him every success. The Liberal Democrats are fully committed to a two-state solution, as are all parties in the House. Both Israel and Palestine have the right to viable and secure states, recognised internationally and by their neighbours. Recent events show that that remains a distant prospect. The international community has not applied itself...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Occupied Palestinian Territories (5 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: No, of course I am not; perhaps I did not explain myself brilliantly. I was saying that because the withdrawal was unilateral and had not been negotiated between the Palestinian authorities and Israel, it offered Hamas the opportunity to claim credit. We also need to realise that Hamas is a movement with many voices, and the voices inside the occupied territories often disagree with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Palestinian Authority (11 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the Secretary of State to his role and wish him well. The stringent restrictions of movement that are imposed on the Palestinians continue to exacerbate the humanitarian position. They undermine all the aid and humanitarian work that is going on. What will the Secretary of State do to persuade Israel to remove those restrictions?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Alexander Litvinenko (Case Update) (16 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Mr. Litvinenko was my constituent. When I asked the former Home Secretary to pursue this matter without fear or favour, he said that he would do so. I regard the Secretary of State's statement today as following up on that promise to a great extent, and I welcome his remarks. I hope that Russia will see the benefit of these relationships. However, there are many questions that I do not have...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Why does the hon. Gentleman think that the OECD is coming to investigate the case?

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Given the very limited number of players in the field capable of supplying massive arms contracts, does my hon. Friend agree that if there were a strong international will in all countries, from Governments down to suppliers, to cut out corruption, the business would still be there but costs to businesses would be cut because corruption would be cut?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Global Poverty (24 Jul 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: When I first assumed my Front-Bench position and met all the non-governmental organisations and people who populate the world of international development, I formed the impression that the former Secretary of State for International Development walked on water—I am sure that the current one will follow—in as much as DFID has vast amounts of money to give out to a great number of countries...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Oct 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the Prime Minister think it right that a pupil in my constituency receives, on average, £736 less than a pupil in an inner-London borough, although the cost of employing a teacher is the same? Will he put an end to that huge injustice, so that schools in Hornsey and Wood Green can finally be given a fair funding deal?

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: The Liberal Democrats very much welcome the opportunity presented by today's debate. I should like to put on record our congratulations to the Department for International Development on the work that it does. I never cease to be amazed by the scope and range of need in this world, and addressing that is a monumental task. DFID does a good job in that regard. I would also like to thank the...


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